How long will a lawyer keep papers on file once I have paid, but my husband won't sign? Will the papers stay there until he does sign?
By Mistie H. from Carrollton, GA
Did he file a response when you had the papers served on him? Here in SD if a response isn't filed in sixty days(I think), the divorce is granted by default. Your attorney should know something about this and should have told you. It should also have said something on the papers that were served on your husband.
If you are paying the lawyer you need to talk to him to find out what options are available. I'm sure the laws on this are different everywhere (as mentioned by the other posts). Girl, it's time to start talkin' to people.
I'm not sure about GA, but many states will allow you to get a divorce even without his signature. Different states word it differently but it boils down to the same thing. Check with your lawyer though. If you've paid him he needs to get off his duff and do his job!
Stand up for yourself and tell your attorney to do his/her job that you paid for! He/she knows how to get the job done and is taking advantage by not finishing the job!
How did your attorney answer that question when you asked?
In Alberta he doesn't have to sign anything. Your lawyer can initiate court action on your behalf. It's usually a brief session, max of 30 min. Just a formality now. If hubby fails to show the judge will then decide how much you and the children should be awarded. Not signing was an old trick to prevent you from remarrying, (whether you want to or not) but it no longer works.
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